Forest fire damage in Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia, May 29, 2023.
Altogether in Canada in 2023, these nine weather events caused insured losses of more than $3.1 billion.
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This is the second year in a row that this type of insured loss has cost more than $3 billion, according to the industry.
All of this has implications for insurance premiums across the country, according to New Brunswick insurance consumer advocate Michèle Pelletier.
Unfortunately, when there are big, catastrophic losses like that, insurers will want to try to recover their money. It is certain that where these disasters occurred, these policyholders will pay even more, but it will be distributed. We're going to see some at home too, explains Michèle Pelletier during an interview given Thursday to ICI Acadie's La matinale show.
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Michèle Pelletier emphasizes that insurers in Canada do not have any rules to follow to establish their pricing for home and business insurance. The insurer can decide to increase, decrease, modify its rules without asking anyone's permission.
Insurers can also outright refuse to cover a risk that they consider too high.
Michèle Pelletier gives the example of coverage for water damage. This coverage, she points out, is generally not part of a regular home insurance policy. Consumers can have it added to their coverage, but be careful, it may be limited.
The majority of insurance companies, if I have had a claim [for water damage], will say that it's okay, that we will pay this one, but next time, you won't are more confident. We are going to remove this risk. If I have already had a complaint, on the second one I risk finding myself having to pay to renovate my house, illustrates Ms. Pelletier.
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Michèle Pelletier is an insurance consumer advocate in New Brunswick. (Archive photo)
Michèle Pelletier advises consumers to never hesitate to check if it is more advantageous for them to change insurer. She recommends that they ask questions and compare premiums, the extent of coverage and the deductible, i.e. the portion of damages that policyholders must pay for themselves.
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